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Tough day for Kurt Busch…and everyone around him

By admin | April 17, 2011

By Richard Allen

 

I have to admit that over the past few weeks I have become somewhat of a Kurt Busch groupie, although it may only be a group of one. Without question, he is one of the most talented drivers in the sport of NASCAR racing. However, his people skills tend to leave a bit to be desired.

All that said, I have found myself paying a bit more attention to the elder of the Busch brothers during most races this season. His in-car radio tirades are the things of legend while his driving skill is remarkable.

During Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 at the Talladega Super Speedway it was not very hard to keep up with where Busch was on the track. He was most often somewhere very near the major accidents, mostly due to the fact that he caused most of them.

On lap 29, Busch made contact with the 09 car of Landon Cassill. Brian Vickers was collected when Cassill’s car veered hard left which sent both cars into the outside wall. Both Vickers and Cassill were eliminated from contention as a result of the incident.

On lap 91, Busch turned teammate Brad Keselowski around in heavy traffic. Kasey Kahne, Trevor Bayne and Marcos Ambrose were damaged in that wreck. David Ragan also went up in a ball of flames at the same time but it is unclear as to what caused his troubles.

And finally, late in the race Busch tagged the rear of Dave Blaney’s #36 machine which sent that car sliding but not enough to bring out a yellow flag.

And he did have one of those classic meltdowns after a slow pit stop as well.

Ultimately, Busch ended the day with an 18th place finish which allowed him to hold on to his 5th spot in the Sprint Cup standings.

In reality, of course, the real culprit was the 2×2 style of racing that was being employed at Talladega. With cars running up under the rear bumper of the car in front incidents were bound to happen. Kurt Busch is an extremely talented driver who happened to find himself in the middle of several incidents on Sunday.

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3 Responses to “Tough day for Kurt Busch…and everyone around him”

  1. Justin Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    “In reality, of course, the real culprit was the 2×2 style of racing that was being employed at Talladega. With cars running up under the rear bumper of the car in front incidents were bound to happen. Kurt Busch is an extremely talented driver who happened to find himself in the middle of several incidents on Sunday.”

    I dont think 2X2 was the culprit, as you stated, only one driver was involved in all the wrecks. If the real culprit was the 2X2 racing, dont you think there would have been many incidents caused by many drivers…? I dont disagree with Busch’s talent level, I simply think it was a bad day for the 22 (every driver has a day like that/race like that), and everyone else paid the price for it.

  2. Kevin Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Agreed Justin. I heard that Busch had a bunch of Bearer Bond on the nose of his car which likely contributed to a lot of what happened, with the friction hooking many of the cars that Kurt was pushing.
    Seems like his crew should have applied a bunch of axle grease to the nose of his car like Newman’s team did his rear bumper.
    I would think that Kurt may have trouble finding drafting partners when the circuit runs back in Daytona after his performance this weekend. He sure hooked a bunch of drivers.

  3. JCalz Says:
    April 19th, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Two drivers (Keselowski and Blaney) mentioned that they had to check up and of course being the pushee, you can’t do much at that point but turn the car ahead of you. Blaney even mentioned there wasn’t much Kurt could do, however the perception is there and he might have a hard time finding partners in July, even though he is one of the better restrictor plate racers out there.

    I would like to see them do something to get rid of this 2X2 racing, I thought the previous way was far better to watch.